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Local Technical Official

The Local Technical Official (LTO) course is the first step on the British Triathlon officiating pathway.

Overview

This qualification is aimed at individuals who are interested in becoming a volunteer Technical Official and has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge required to begin officiating, as well as covering the soft skills needed to develop as an Official.

The training is made up of:

  • A full day course
  • An associated knowledge tester
  • The completion of four shadows of qualified Officials

For a full overview of the qualification process please click here.

Local Techncial Official courses take place between January and March each year. The course calendar will be available from October onwards, but until then, please email officials@britishtriathlon.org to register your interest, providing your name, email address and location.

The LTO courses are organised by the Regional Programme Managers and are a full day course which costs £15 to attend.

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Course Content

The course focuses on the fundamentals of officiating, identifying the specific requirements and knowledge related to the role, and introducing the soft skills which help Officials become more successful, including:

  • The Role of Local Technical Official and Triathlon
    • Race briefings
    • Transition area
    • Children's events
    • Paratriathlon
  • Ways of Officiating
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Performance Evaluation & Goal Setting

Role Descriptor

Following the successful completion of both the theoretical and practical elements candidates will be eligible to be the Chief Official at pool based triathlon and aquathlon events along with duathlons, including children's and paratriathlon events. 

They are also qualified to be an Assistant Official at open water events.

Pre-Requisites

To attend the course candidates must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age

Expenses

As volunteers, qualified Local Technical Officials are entitled to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred for attending events, which are claimed directly from the Event Organiser. The British Triathlon Officials Expenses Policy can be found in the Officiating Resources section.

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